02 Everyday I Have the Blues
03 Sugar Sweet
04 Stormy Monday
05 Devil in Disguise
06 Stop Breakin' Down $
07 News is Bad
08 Jealous Man $
09 Got Me Running
10 Little Bit of Love
11 Can't Live Without My Baby ?
12 Dueling Harps Jam
13 Jam - Trumpet Sax Harp
14 Wee Wee Hours
15 Wee Wee Jam
@ 1.4 hours; 900 meg aiff or wav
Highlights: All of Charles' are well done
Favs are 5 and 7 and a smooth, languid Wee Wee Hours
Charles Atkins - keyboards and vocals
The Blues Boys
Larry Laseur - harmonica
Harty Wiedemann - guitar, vocals $
Tom Henning - guitar
? - bass
? - drums
This recording is from the Blue Monday Jam at Grand Finale, a bar/restaurant on the college strip along Tennessee St. The restaurant was downstairs and out the back; the bar was upstairs opening on Tennessee; room was narrow, dark and barren. The audience was a lot players looking for good music and a chance to sit in. Usually the night would start with the host band doing a set and then it would open up for jams. Absolutely a pecking order, with the known players getting prime time. See also 5-18-92.
1-off mix tape; overall quality is OK but there are some issues on the jams near the end. All kinds of sloppy as Larry says in the intro. Obviously I have the vocals one-sided to start; mix levels out nicely; then it gets kinda funky when different people step up and grab whatever mic they see. Charles is on the Casio still, and about 2 weeks away from getting the 88-key Rhodes.
Not sure who is singing on track 11 & playing harp, and on the jams. It may be Pat Ramsey (www.patramsey.com/) or Mark "the Harp" Cassiday; or both of them, which is why I labeled it Dueling Harps. The trumpet player is Don Fortner who would always show up for jams or at Bullwinkles' Friday Happy Hour next door. And it probably is Chris Tarquinio on sax again. Charles refers to the guitar player on the jams as Rick, it may be Rick Redmond. Or it could be a Rick Sparks who I got to know a couple years later. Whoever, he certainly goes off on the last track. One more shout out - Greg Moore, who would often drum at these Blue Mondays and still plays with Tom at the studio. [ed 6-9-08 Actually I was probably thinking of Steve Howell after seeing pictures at Pat's website.] The issue for drummers was always who would bring their set and let everyone else beat up on it. Not sure who is drumming tonight but at least it picked up on tape this time.
Blue Monday oddness from the wayback memories: the guy who showed up with the double-neck axe, way out of tune, spent 5 minutes tuning on stage, and sucked. Me getting reprimanded by Bobby for going behind the bar and pouring myself one of his "free drafts for band". Carrying PA gear downstairs and out the back at 2 AM and hoping not to get mugged or busted. Miss Mary out front on the streets, always looking for bus fare to Montgomery. Mary Montgomery as I called her; she eventually stopped asking me. Agony on Tuesday after just a few hours sleep. I worked with Larry in same building at FL DOE. I was in the basement (B2) below him (B1) with 12 stories of hot air rising above us. First met Larry when I worked at a county school board and he was the VOICE on the phone when I needed technical help submitting files to DOE, and he was the first person I looked up when I moved to Tally. Which reminds me, included here is one of my original Blues Bear flyers. Larry decorated his cubicle with them. Enjoy!
S Copeland - October 2007 at my usual place and playing hooky from work.
December 3, 2008 Subject:
Pat Ramsay Benefit 10-24-08
Sad news here. This was posted in the Tallahassee Democrat today. Local musicians are probably aware but I'll add more after the show for distant fans. Never did nail down the players on the jams here but I'm pretty sure it was Pat on tracks 11 and 12.
October 24, 2008
Blues-rock blowout will benefit harp hero
By Kati Schardl DEMOCRAT STAFF WRITER
The first time I heard Crosscut Saw play was at one of the infamous Pepper Drive Tune-Ups back in the dim and murky mists of time (i.e., the late '70s and early '80s).
The Tune-Ups were the Tallahassee urban Southern-rock equivalent of modern-day music festivals that sprawl over several days in bucolic settings. My memories of the events are a jumble, but the incendiary blues-rock of Crosscut Saw cuts through the fog even decades later.
The Saw that I saw was the tick-tight four piece of bassist Mike Howell, drummer Steve Howell, insanely gifted guitarist Julien Kasper and harmonica maestro Pat Ramsey . They became a quartet of road warriors. "Pat and Crosscut Saw played every juke joint and roadhouse from Key West to Connecticut. They opened for B.B. King (twice), Johnny Winter, Johnny Van Zandt, .38 Special, Bobby Bland, The Nighthawks and others," according to the bio on Ramsey's MySpace page.
Before disbanding in 1984, Crosscut Saw released its one and only album, "Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know."
Kasper went on the study jazz guitar and now teaches at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. After playing some opening dates on Johnny Winter's 1987 tour (he had contributed the searing harp licks for Winter's "White, Hot & Blue" album), Ramsey moved to Sarasota to dry out and clean up.
The time off did him a world of good. Ramsey roared back on the music scene clean, sober and ready to rock with the Poulos-Ramsey Band, formed with former Freddie King guitarist Greg Poulos. When that group disbanded, Ramsey settled for a time in Memphis, busking on Beale Street and making a name for himself in that iconic musical city. With Kasper's help, he got together enough money to record and release "It's About Time" and launch the next phase of his musical journey.
Through the years, Ramsey, Kasper and the Howells would gather in Tallahassee to host Crosscut Saw reunion shows that drew Pepper Drive veterans out of the woods and the woodwork. They were full-on family affairs with a blues-rock soundtrack.
"For a lot of people that come out, I think the music is almost secondary," drummer Howell, who still performs in Tallahassee, told the Democrat in 1995.
It's fitting that the Pepper Drive family will come together one more time tonight at the American Legion Hall at Lake Ella for a night of music and memory to help raise money for Ramsey, who's in grave health and was recently released from hospice care. Like many who have made their living making music, Ramsey has no health insurance.
Ever since word got out that the benefit was in the works, bands and musicians have clamored to be added to the lineup, according to lead organizer Steve Howell. The outpouring of support and good wishes has been monumental.
The event starts at 5 p.m. and admission is a suggested donation of $10. There'll be food, a silent auction, raffles, drawings and more music than you can shake a licking stick (slang for harmonica, y'all) at, much of it performed by longtime leading lights of the local scene. Ramsey will be there and may even feel up to getting up onstage to sing a song or blow a few bars on harp. Kasper is flying in from Boston. Guitarist Chris Anderson of The Outlaws is flying in from Nashville. There's a host of other special guests.
Premier Sound & Lights and Reel Rock Productions will be there making sure the sound is right on. Here's who's playing: Brett Wellman, Trigger Happy, Roadhouse, the Ray Wiley Band, Young Neils, JB's ZydecoZoo and the Rick Lollar Band . The evening ends with a jam-up big bang with Ramsey's band the Blues Disciples with Friends of Pat Ramsey , including Clyde Ramsey (Pat's son, who named his band Pepper Drive), Choo Choo Charley, Jerry Thigpen & Lucia Fishburne, Floyd Mathews, Greg Poulos, Mike Howell, Chris Anderson, Julien Kasper and many more.
Want to contribute but can't make it to the show? Donations can be sent to J.P. Ramsey, P.O. Box 21147, Tallahassee 32316-1147.
via Tally Democrat via Steve
James Patrick Ramsey, 55, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2008, at the Hospice House in Tallahassee, Fla., after a long illness.
The service will be held at noon on Saturday at the Loyal Order of the Moose, 1478 Capital Circle N.W. The phone number at the lodge is 575-4226.
The family will receive friends at the south side entrance of the Moose lodge on Saturday.
He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and musician, who was born in Shreveport, La., on July 22, 1953, to Beverly Jean and James Patton Ramsey. Pat began playing harmonica at the age of 17. Renowned for his incendiary work on Johnny Winter's "White Hot & Blue" album, Pat has been called "a harp player's harp player."
He left so many memories and they all can be shared and new ones added at his Web site www.patramsey.com.
Survivors include wife Debbie Ramsey, sons Clyde and Jimmy, daughter-in-law Carly Ramsey, granddaughter Mary Katlin Ramsey and many relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father James Ramsey and mother Beverly Ramsey.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Big Bend Hospice Visit www.bigbendhospice.org or call 878-5310 to find out how to donate.
Being a latecomer to the Tally scene, I didn't meet Pat until the time of these recordings and a couple times later and was happy for him as he seemed to have found the peace we all desire. SC